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Pistons' Jerami Grant Reportedly out Indefinitely After Suffering Thumb Injury

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IV

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Detroit Pistons star power forward Jerami Grant is reportedly out indefinitely after tearing ligaments in his right thumb, according to Shams Charania and James Edwards III of The Athletic. 

Grant appeared to suffer the injury during Friday's 109-93 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, though he was able to continue playing. 

Omari Sankofa II @omarisankofa

Confirming The Athletic’s report that Jerami Grant is out indefinitely with an injured right thumb. He had tests done earlier today. Tough, tough blow for a Pistons team that’s lost 11 straight games and is still awaiting Kelly Olynyk’s return from a knee sprain.

Shams Charania @ShamsCharania

Pistons’ Jerami Grant will be re-evaluated in six weeks. <a href="https://t.co/zEA78lnP9Q">https://t.co/zEA78lnP9Q</a>

Grant, 27, leads the Pistons with 20.1 points per game, adding 4.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.1 blocks per contest. He's shooting 41.4 percent from the field and 33.1 percent from three. 

A solid two-way player, Grant is miscast as a leading man on offense, though in Detroit there aren't any better options, at least while rookie Cade Cunningham (15.3 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 4.5 APG) develops. 

For a 4-21 Pistons team that has lost 11 straight, a stretch without Grant could be pretty rough.

On the other hand, the young Pistons aren't exactly trying to compete for a title anytime soon. More playing time for young players, and better odds at winning the 2022 NBA draft lottery, isn't a bad thing for this franchise. 

The Pistons have an intriguing young core in Cunningham, Saddiq Bey, Isaiah Stewart and Killian Hayes. Grant's absence could mean more playing time for young players like Isaiah Livers and Jamorko Pickett, though veteran Trey Lyles likely will be promoted to the starting lineup and Josh Jackson should see a bump in minutes as well.

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